When you got a new camera, lens or something else photography related equipment, what do you do? You go out and test your new equipment of course! And that's also what I've been doing with my new setup. However, when I got my setup finally together couple of weeks ago the weather was rainy with a flat grey light. Truly a depressing circumstances to test out new stuff. Even if it's now winter in Finland, there was no snow and the weather could only be described as 'black'. I found myself thinking that 'I cannot get anything useful in this light which is lacking in every aspect I can think of'.
But it's really a pitfall to think like this. Surely it's easier to come up with good images in a great light, but it doesn't push your vision or doesn't make you a better photographer. It's really a paradox, that once you learn to recognize the 'good light' and make best of it, you also start to avoid circumstances where you think the quality of the light is lacking, which in turn leads to fewer pictures and slows your development as photographer - and when the day looks grey you leave the camera home. I don't think this kind of 'closed thinking' will lead to great photography experiences. Instead it will easily make ones competence lean too much for easy picture motifs and subjects - endless sunset pictures which one can find from the any photography related social media service are a parade example of this kind of singular approach.
I would love to change this. I would love to cultivate my photographic eye so much that I could go into any circumstances and always come back with at least a one meaningful picture. But to get there I need to have some determination to go against the 'bad light', 'bad weather' and all the other usual excuses. And when you think about it this way, it's actually a good thing to have challenging conditions - you just might come back with new ideas. Having a new setup certainly helps my motivation a bit here, but I know the novelty won't last forever. So before that happens I need to train my eye and go against the wind.